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1:35 PM ET, October 1, 2009

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Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Carper quietly devises third option  —  Sen. Tom Carper bided his time on health care reform.  —  Rarely in the spotlight, and unfailingly restrained, the Delaware Democrat never staked out a public position on the government insurance option, solidifying his status as the model of an undecided moderate in need of persuading.
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Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Talking Points For Obama's Political Operation Describe Public Option As “Small Part” Of Reform  —  This one is likely to irk public option fans: A new set of talking points being distributed on the state level by Obama's political operation instructs organizers to describe the public option as …
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
NV-Senate: Lowden Announces Against Reid  —  Former Nevada state Republican Party Chairwoman Sue Lowden will announce her bid to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid today, immediately becoming the highest-profile candidate in an increasingly crowded field hoping to unseat the Nevada Democrat.
Discussion: The Page
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
Post editors should read their own columnists  —  The Washington Post Editorial Page today lashes out at “Roman Polanski's apologists,” a group it says is “typified by the comments of Swiss filmmaker Otto Weisser, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, film and TV celebrity Whoopi Goldberg” …
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Rasmussen Reports:
Roman the Rapist  —  A Commentary By Susan Estrich  —  He had sex with a 13-year-old girl.  He got her to go to Jack Nicholson's house by promising that she would be in a photo shoot.  When she got there, he fed her a Quaalude and alcohol — champagne for a 13-year-old, how enticing — and then he raped her.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Don Surber
Los Angeles Times:
In Roman Polanski case, is it Hollywood vs. Middle America?  —  Reactions to the extradition of the fugitive filmmaker show a sharp divide.  —  Roman Polanski (Getty Images)  —  From Michael Moore's politics to on-screen sex and violence, the movie business is constantly being assailed for not sharing the country's values.
Washington Post:
The Sordidness of Polanski's Crime Justifies U.S. Adjudication
Discussion: Don Surber, The Rhetorican and BBC
New York Times:
McChrystal Rejects Lower Afghan Aims  —  LONDON — The top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, rejected calls for scaling down military objectives there on Thursday and said Washington did not have unlimited time to settle on a new strategy to pursue the eight-year-old war.
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Yochi J. Dreazen / Wall Street Journal:
Gates Doubts U.S.'s Afghan Strategy  —  WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama met with senior counselors for three hours Wednesday to launch his review of Afghan war strategy, amid indications that his defense secretary — the key link between the White House and the military — is among those undecided about the right approach.
Michael Yon / Washington Times:
The Greatest Afghan War  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  The Greatest Afghanistan War has deteriorated so noticeably that one can now feel the enemy's growing pulse.  Each month it beats steadier, stronger, and in 2010 it will finally be born.  —  On Sept. 11 in Kandahar, a South African civilian …
Discussion: Michael J. Totten
Quinnipiac University:
Pennsylvania Senate Seesaw Tips To Toomey, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Obama's Approval Drops Below 50 Percent  —  The seesaw 2010 Senate race in Pennsylvania tips to Republican Pat Toomey, who has 43 percent to recently converted Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter's 42 percent, too close to call …
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Toomey erases Specter's lead
Discussion: Commentary
Jonathan Martin / The Politico:
Pawlenty preps 2012 campaign team  —  Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been quietly assembling the blueprint of a presidential campaign and will announce Thursday the support of a group of high-level political strategists and donors, complemented by a handful of top new media consultants, POLITICO has learned.
Dick Morris / Taegan Goddard's Political Wire:
New Player in Health Care Reform Fight  —  Here's an interesting development in the health care reform battle: Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, jumps into the fight with an advertisement backing President Obama's plan.  —  Said President Jim Guest: “You may wonder …
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Nelson D. Schwartz / New York Times:
Swiss Health Care Thrives Without Public Option
Discussion: Firedoglake and DailyHowler.com
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Consumers Union joins health care battle
James Pethokoukis:
Obama's not-so-secret plan to raise taxes  —  Does President Obama have a secret plan to raise taxes on middle-class Americans — and,well, pretty much everybody else — with a European-style, value-added tax?  Actually, it's not such a big secret.  Connect the dots:
Wall Street Journal:
Stimulus Spending Doesn't Work  —  Our new research shows no evidence of a Keynesian ‘multiplier’ effect.  There is evidence that tax cuts boost growth.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  The global recession and financial crisis have refocused attention on government stimulus packages.
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
EXCLUSIVE: Cantor: Obama's not met with GOP leaders since May  —  President Obama has cut off communication with Republican leaders, going more than four months without hosting the bipartisan congressional leadership at the White House to discuss his health care proposal, the No. 2 Republican in the House said Wednesday.
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CBS News:   Waiting for a Boring Day at the White House
Karolos Grohmann / Reuters:
Olympics-2016 Games could be the last, says Tokyo governor  —  Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara warned on Wednesday the 2016 Olympics could be the last Games, with global warming an immediate threat to mankind.  —  Tokyo is bidding to host the 2016 summer Olympics with Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Madrid also in the running.
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Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Bachmann: Dems would allow abortions for 13-year-olds  —  Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is picking up on a blogospheric conservative drumbeat by charging that confidentiality clauses in the health reform bills passed by three House committees would allow 13-year-old girls to get abortions without informing their folks.
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Wonkette
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Eric Zimmermann / The Hill:
Bachmann warns of abortions at school
Jack Shafer / Slate:
The downside of nonprofit news organizations like MinnPost, Voice of San Diego, and the Washington Independent.  —  The nonprofit news business—if that isn't a contradiction in terms—is spreading like a midsummer algae bloom.  —  Philanthropists, who in different times would have endowed …
Discussion: First Draft
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John Thornton / The Huffington Post:   Jack Shafer: Concerned About My Bank Balance, and Knows My Inner Motivations.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
Exclusive: Comcast in Talks to Buy NBC-Universal from General Electric (updated)  —  Deal was negotiated at a meeting among bankers in New York on Tuesday.  Comcast denies a deal is done, but does not deny talks  —  Comcast, the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment …
Glenn Thrush / Glenn Thrush's Blog:
Pelosi: No Grayson apology necessary  —  Nancy Pelosi is shrugging off GOP calls for a mea culpa from Alan “they want you to die quickly' Grayson.  —  “We have to have a debate that is not distracted from... Apparently Republicans are holding Democrats to a higher level than they are holding …
Patrick / Now! Hampshire:
Portsmouth PD: Shea-Porter was removed from Bush town hall by two police officers  —  Two officers of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department removed Carol Shea-Porter and Susan Mayer from a February 2005 town hall event hosted by then-President George W. Bush at the request of the owner …
Discussion: Moe_Lane's blog
Political Punch:
President Obama Signs Executive Order Banning Federal Employees from Texting While Driving  —  ABC News has learned that President Obama signed an executive order last night banning federal employees from text-messaging while on government business, driving government vehicles or using government equipment.
Patrick Gavin / The Politico:
AUSTAN GOOLSBEE TAKES THE PRIZE  —  White House economic adviser Austan Goolsbee took home the top prize in the 16th annual “D.C.'s Funniest Celebrity” contest on Wednesday evening, and he did so in a very unconventional way.  Instead of adopting a traditional comedic routine of joke buildup and punchline …
Discussion: The Swamp and Swampland
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Politico: Freaky-deaky Edwards love child scandal even freaky-deakier than thought  —  Add six cups of freaky, a quart of deaky, stir well, then let chill overnight.  The next day: Voila.  If you're reading this on the east coast, where it's already past nine, I'd advise turning on a light …
Penelope Green / New York Times:
A Modern Answer to the Commune  —  JOHANNA BRONK wants to make communal vegetarian meals and keep chickens.  Mariel Berger hopes for social, artistic and political collaborations.  Harmony Hazard is into hula hooping, book groups and anarchism.  —  Oh, to be a young city-dweller in search of a house share.
Discussion: Runnin' Scared and Althouse
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
McDonough to be NSC chief of staff  —  The departure of the chief of staff of the National Security Council, Mark Lippert — just reported by Al Kamen — confirms the stature of Denis McDonough as the key staff foreign policy advisor to President Obama.  —  I'm told McDonough — the the NSC …
 
 
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Edward Cody / Washington Post:
France's Approach to Iran Toughens Under Sarkozy
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Jeff Poor / NewsBusters.org:
Behar's Beck Obsession …
Discussion: Mediaite
Chris Cillizza / The Fix:
Morning Fix: Republicans' Independent Gains?
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Dr. Helen:
Fit for Combat  —  I had a few minutes to kill today …
Discussion: Jules Crittenden
Lanny Davis / Pundits Blog:
Fact-checking matters — even for columnists and bloggers
Discussion: TalkLeft and NO CHASER
Wall Street Journal:
Obama, Dictators and democrats
Discussion: Cold Fury